Post # 1
Just wanted to get an opinion on something. I contacted a pianist to play at our ceremony for a 2 hour window max. I received a response that said a 2 hour window would cost us $300, if he had to bring his own equipment (which he will not have to, the place has a piano). Although he was very nice and said that we could negotiate a bit on the price, I thought that was a bit steep. What do you guys think? Please tell me if I am being a cheapo 🙂
Post # 3
I would ask him what the rate would be since he will not be bringing his own piano. A rate of $200 for two hours would be very good, IMO. In the neighborhood of $100/hr for musicians is pretty typical. Remember too that money covers all the practice time for him to learn or brush up on all the music for your ceremony—it might work out to a lot of music considering most pianists play several songs beforehand while guests are getting situated as well as during the ceremony. Will he also attend your rehearsal? If he’s going to come to that too even $250 might not be out of line.
Post # 4
For our ceremony music, we have to use the organist/pianist affiliated with the church, and his rate is $300. In addition to playing at the ceremony, he will be at the rehearsal, meet with us to pick out music, and meet with our vocalist (or another muscian) to practice. I felt like his rate was a little high, but we’re kind of stuck since he comes with the church.
Post # 5
A friend of mine is a pianist and he told me he charges $150/hour for weddings and parties.
Post # 6
Wow! Thanks for all the responses! I’m glad I’m not getting ripped off here. Sounds like everyone else has had similar experiences 🙂 He sounds like a really great person so I think I’ll go with it!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
I think that is a great price. I hired a harpist and am paying that much for only about 45 minutes of playing time.